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The office of the chief actuary is seeking an external peer review panel for its next actuarial report on the Canada Pension Plan. The external peer review is intended to ensure the report — to be released in December 2022 — meets high professional standards and is based on reasonable methods and assumptions, according to […]

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  • May 20, 2022 May 18, 2022
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As the move away from traditional defined benefit plans continues and intensifies, Canada’s multi-employer pension plans are providing employers with another retirement savings option for their employees. And despite facing a number of challenges, from industries in decline to legislative obstacles, MEPPs continue to attract plan sponsors from across the country. Read: Canadian MEPPs facing challenges […]

The Defined Contribution Institutional Investment Association is calling on the U.S. government to develop flexible emergency savings solutions for employees. The Washington, D.C.-based organization is among 38 signatories calling for the creation of a national financial inclusion strategy. The strategy should reflect several key principles, including automatic enrolment in workplace emergency savings plans that are […]

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  • May 6, 2022 May 6, 2022
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The Pension Investment Association of Canada is urging the federal government to allow for tax-free mergers of maturing target-date funds. In a letter to the Department of Finance Canada, the PIAC said current tax rules don’t permit tax-free mergers of a target-date fund series into a terminal fund — where a target-date fund provider will […]

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  • May 4, 2022 May 4, 2022
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A ruling by the Supreme Court of British Columbia on the B.C. Credit Union Employers’ Pension Plan’s normal retirement date was the most-read story on BenefitsCanada.com over the last week. Here are the five most popular news stories of the week: 1. B.C. court upholds pension plan’s decision to increase retirement age 2. Ontario NDP platform includes dental […]

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  • April 29, 2022 April 28, 2022
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In its 2022 budget on Thursday, the Ontario government said it’s implementing a permanent target-benefit pension plan framework in 2023. The budget noted specified Ontario multi-employer pension plans, which provide these types of benefits, have been operating under temporary regulations that will expire in 2024 unless replaced by a permanent framework. “A permanent target-benefit framework […]

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  • April 29, 2022 April 29, 2022
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A story that took an in-depth look at the federal government’s 2022 budget proposals and their potential impacts on employers and employees was the most-read story on BenefitsCanada.com over the last week. Here are the five most popular news stories of the week: What’s in the federal budget for employers, employees? Physical health, work-life balance and […]

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  • April 14, 2022 April 13, 2022
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Last week’s federal budget proposed more borrowing flexibility for registered defined benefit plans. The proposal would replace the historical 90-day term limit on short-term borrowing with restrictions based on plan assets: additional borrowed money can’t exceed the lesser of 20 per cent of the plan’s assets and the amount by which 125 per cent of […]

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The federal government’s 2022 budget is addressing long-standing rules preventing defined benefit plan sponsors from borrowing in most circumstances. In the $56-billion budget, which is expected to easily pass into law with the support of Liberal and New Democratic Party members of parliament, proposes providing more borrowing flexibility to administrators of registered DB plans. The […]

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  • April 12, 2022 April 12, 2022
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A story about the federal government considering whether to include booster shots in the next version of the coronavirus vaccine mandate for workers was the most read story of the week on BenefitsCanada.com. Here are the five most popular news stories of the week: Feds consider definition of ‘fully vaccinated’ in review of federal worker mandate […]

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  • April 8, 2022 April 8, 2022
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